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"Erdoğan the Good" or "Erdoğan the Bad?" A Conversation with Soner Çağaptay on US-Turkey Relations Following US Withdrawal from Syria

October 25, 2019

Reilly Barry, a first-year AM student at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy (JMEPP) at Harvard Kennedy School, sat down with Soner Çağaptay after his WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar talk to discuss what underlying factors are most influential for policymakers on US-Turkey relations right now, especially in light of Turkish troops’ entry into northeast Syria and targeting of former American partners the YPG.... Read more about "Erdoğan the Good" or "Erdoğan the Bad?" A Conversation with Soner Çağaptay on US-Turkey Relations Following US Withdrawal from Syria

Karagoz puppets

Video: 'Trauma, Magic, Love': a tribute to Osman Kavala on his birthday

October 2, 2019

On September 16, CMES welcomed Syrian-Armenian-American stage and film actress Sona Tatoyan and artist and puppet master Ayhan Hülagü to speak about finding her Armenian grandfather's Karagöz puppets in the abandoned family home in Aleppo, Syria. Ayhan then presented some of Sona's family's puppets in a short puppet show to close the event. For more on Sona and Ayhan and the event: https://bit.ly/2potIVR.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship: Byzantine Studies

December 5, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Studies

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2019

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University invites scholars to submit applications for a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in the area of Byzantine studies. The call for applications is open to scholars in the Humanities or Social Sciences who have received their PhD within the last five years. The fellowship extends for 12 months, from approximately September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020. The successful candidate will reside in the greater...

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Ana Sortun, Cemal Kafadar, Bedriye Poyraz

In the Kitchen with Kafadar

September 13, 2018

“Speaking about food or looking at old menus to explain the way culinary culture changes is one thing,” says Cemal Kafadar, Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies. “Hands-on exposure is another.” And so one evening in April, Kafadar led students in his course History 1878B: Ottoman State and Society, along with guests including CMES Visiting Researchers Bedriye Poyraz and Nil Tekgül, out of the classroom and into an industrial kitchen beneath freshman dining facility Annenberg Hall. There, under the guidance of acclaimed chef Ana Sortun—whose Cambridge-area restaurants Oleana, Sofra...

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Postdoctoral Fellowship: Turkish/Ottoman-Ukrainian Relations

July 18, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University invites scholars to submit applications for a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in the area of Turkish/Ottoman–Ukrainian relations, including issues connected with Crimea and the Crimean Tatars. The call for applications is open to scholars in the Humanities or Social Sciences who have received their PhD within the last five years. The fellowship extends for 12 months, from approximately September 1, 2018, to August 31, 2019. The successful candidate will reside in the greater...

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Nasser Rabbat Gibb Lecture

Variations on a Theme: 2018 H.A.R. Gibb Lectures Delivered by Nasser Rabbat

May 1, 2018

Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor and Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, was the distinguished speaker this year for the H.A.R. Gibb Arabic and Islamic Studies Lecture Series, established in 1964 in honor of Sir Hamilton A.R. Gibb, who was a director of CMES as well as University Professor and James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic at Harvard. Meredyth Lynn Winter, PhD Candidate in History of Art and Architecture and Middle Eastern Studies, covered the lectures for CMES.... Read more about Variations on a Theme: 2018 H.A.R. Gibb Lectures Delivered by Nasser Rabbat